Bidgee Theatre Company proudly presents
STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL
Created by BAZ LUHRMANN
Book by BAZ LUHRMANN & CRAIG PEARCE
Adapted by TERRY JOHNSON
Introducing new musical numbers by
DAVID FOSTER, SIA FURLER, ISAAC HASSON, BERNIE HERMS
BAZ LUHRMANN, MOZELLA, THERON FEEMSTER
CRAIG PEARCE, EDDIE PERFECT, LINDA THOMPSON, ELLIOTT WHEELER
Orchestrations by SIMON HALE
BY ARRANGEMENT WITH ORiGiN™ THEATRICAL
ON BEHALF OF GLOBAL CREATURES HOLDINGS PTY LTD
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL OFFER: all adult tickets $55 until the end of March.
STRICTLY BALLROOM THE MUSICAL is the inspiring story of a championship ballroom dancer who defies all the rules to follow his heart. This uplifting and courageous tale originated as a stage play that Baz Luhrmann created as a student at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA) in Sydney back in 1984. Featuring songs from the 1992 hit film including "Love is in the Air", "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" and "Time After Time", as well as new songs from internationally acclaimed artists and composers such as Sia, David Foster and Eddie Perfect.
Bidgee Theatre Company
Bidgee Theatre Productions is a community theatre productions company located in Wagga Wagga and was founded in 2011 by Nichole Ingram and the late Mick Radatti.
Our goal is to produce the best quality theatre, using local performers, off stage crew and technicians and thereby extending them an opportunity to hone their skills and gain valuable experience in the magical world of the theatre. Strictly Ballroom will be the fourth smash hit musical brought to Wagga Wagga by Bidgee Theatre Productions.
Creator and Book Writer
Born in Sydney, Australia, Baz Luhrmann has captured the popular and critical imagination internationally with a diverse range of award-winning projects in film, opera, theatre, and music, making him one of the world’s most recognizable creative forces. Recently, Luhrmann wrote, produced and directed on The Get Down, an original series for Netflix, which premiered in 2016. Set in 1970s New York City, The Get Down is a mythic saga of how a battered city at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to hip-hop, punk and disco - told through the lives of music of the South Bronx kids who changed the city and the world, forever. His most recent film is the extraordinary, Oscar ® winning 3-D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby (2013), starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton. Earlier works include the ambitious epic Australia (2008), starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman, the Oscar®-winning Moulin Rouge! (2001) featuring Kidman and Ewan McGregor; his boldly luminous version of William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996), starring DiCaprio and Claire Danes; and the celebrated Strictly Ballroom (1992), starring Paul Mercurio and Tara Morice. The soundtrack albums for The Great Gatsby, Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, executive produced by Luhrmann, have sold more than 14 million copies worldwide. The Great Gatsby received two Academy Awards® for Art Direction and Costume Design, a BAFTA for production design and thirteen AACTA Awards, Moulin Rouge! won three Golden Globes® and received eight Academy Award® nominations, with Catherine Martin winning two for Art Direction and Costume Design. Australia won four AFI® Awards. It is the second highest-grossing Australian film of all time.
The phenomenally successful Strictly Ballroom was originally conceived by Luhrmann as a short play while still a student at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA). It was while producing an extended version under the auspices of the Sydney Theatre Company in 1988 that he met Catherine Martin, one of the company’s designers. He later directed and co-wrote the film version which premiered at the 1992 Cannes Film Festival and was awarded the Prix de la Jeunesse. It would go on to win eight AFI® Awards. In 1997, Luhrmann married Catherine Martin, his longtime creative collaborator. They have two children, Lillian and William. The same year they founded Bazmark, an innovative multi-media company with the motto “A life lived in fear is a life half lived”.
Baz Luhrmann is one of Australia’s most imaginative and strikingly original opera directors. His signature production of Puccini’s La Boheme for Opera Australia won considerable acclaim in 1990 when it starred Cheryl Barker and David Hobson. His later production of La Boheme on Broadway in 2002 was lauded by critics for its sensuality and glorious production design. It was nominated for seven Tony Awards®, including Best Revival and Best Director for Luhrmann. It won the Tony Award® for Best Scenic Design. Previous opera productions include Lake Lost, which won a Victorian Green Room Award for Best Director in 1988, and Benjamin Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It received a Victorian Green Room Award for Best Director, a Sydney Theatre Critics’ Circle award for Best Director and the Critic’s Prize at the Edinburgh Festival in 2003. Luhrmann came full circle when he directed the stage musical adaptation of Strictly Ballroom which opened in Sydney, Australia in April 2014.
Date & Time:
Thursday 11 July at 7:30pm
Friday 12 July at 7:30pm
Saturday 13 July at 2pm and 7:30pm
Sunday 14 July at 7:30pm
Wednesday 17 July at 7.30pm
Thursday 18 July at 7.30pm
Friday 19 July at 2pm and 7.30pm
Saturday 20 July at 2pm and 7.30pm
2 hours 30 minutes
Early Bird Special $55.00
(until 31 March)
Group 5+ $55.00 each
Child U16 $53.00
Wagga Wagga Civic Theatre
Burns Way (off Tarcutta St)
Wagga Wagga NSW 2650